Today in Middle Eastern history: the Fall of Baghdad (1917)

Forewarning: this post is mostly outsourced. For background you’ll want to read Michael Collins Dunn’s account of the Second Battle of Kut from late February. April 1916’s First Battle of Kut, as we know, was a complete Ottoman victory and one of the low points for Britain in the whole war. Following that disaster, the British… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Fall of Baghdad (1917)

World update: March 8 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces militia has given the people remaining in Baghouz until Saturday afternoon to evacuate/surrender before it resumes its offensive to take the town from ISIS. Thousands of people have fled Baghouz over the past few weeks in response to the SDF’s advance, mostly civilians but with a few hundred… Continue reading World update: March 8 2019

Middle East update: March 7 2019

HUMAN RIGHTS Amnesty International has released its annual report on the state of human rights in the Middle East and, well, it’s not great: The killing of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces in Gaza and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi Arabian consulate glaringly illustrated the unaccountability of Middle Eastern and North… Continue reading Middle East update: March 7 2019

Middle East update: March 6 2019

SYRIA At least 2000 more people evacuated Baghouz on Wednesday to escape the Syrian Democratic Forces’ assault on the town. Among these were reportedly “hundreds” of ISIS fighters who surrendered to SDF fighters. Another 400 or so ISIS fighters were caught attempting to hide themselves among the crowd of evacuees, and while it would be… Continue reading Middle East update: March 6 2019

Middle East update: March 5 2019

SYRIA Somewhere in the neighborhood of 6500 people have fled Baghouz over the past two days, as the Syrian Democratic Forces militia assaults the last bit (sort of–see below) of Syrian territory still under ISIS control. Several hundred of those have been ISIS fighters, whom the SDF took into custody (there’s certainly a chance that… Continue reading Middle East update: March 5 2019

World update: March 4 2019

I’ve got some things to take care of this evening, so today’s update is a little truncated and early. Back for more tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces are making slow progress in their offensive to capture the border town of Baghouz and with it ISIS’s last enclave of Syrian territory. Around 500… Continue reading World update: March 4 2019